Doctor’s mass leave hit medical services
Medical services in various government hospitals in Maharashtra are disrupted on the second day today as over 4,000 resident doctors are on a mass casual leave to protest growing incidents of attacks by patients’ relatives. Even after the negotiations with the authorities the doctors have not called off their strike. A petition is also filed against the protest in Bombay High Court and the court is likely to hear the petition today.
As per information received, the Bombay high court is likely to hear the petition which has been filed to seek directions for resident doctors across Maharashtra to call off their protest and report to work immediately. This was after more than 4,000 resident doctors in Maharashtra went on a mass leave yesterday. They are protesting against series of assaults on doctors in government hospitals. The petition contends that doctors are committing contempt of court as Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors had earlier assured that the doctors would not call a strike but only hold peaceful demonstrations to highlight their grievances. Meanwhile, State Medical Education Minister Girish Mahajan has said that negotiations are on with resident doctors; adding that a substantial financial allocation has been made in the state budget for infrastructure development. Mumbai’s newly elected Mayor V Mahadeshwar had also appealed the doctors to resume work saying that DG Police has assured that 400 extra armed police personnel will be deployed at various hospitals. He has also warned of necessary action if the doctors fail to resume work.
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